On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released documents to the federal docket regarding food-use tolerance revocations of chlorpyrifos. This proposed action follows a long review of chlorpyrifos that has included three separate Scientific Advisory Panels (SAPs), the first two held in 2008 and 2012 and the most recent this past April (see transcript). All three SAPs came to the same conclusion, questioning EPA’s shift to the use of certain epidemiological study outcomes rather than toxicological data in human health risk assessments. In particular, the SAPs have cautioned EPA against using the study outcomes from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH). Read more.
By taking the petition route, Monsanto would have any such ban lifted and leave farmers free to spray the company’s dicamba formulation, XtendiMax, during the 2018 growing season. If its petition is unsuccessful, the company is prepared to take the matter to court. Read moreRead More »
Update – Carcinogenic Potential of Glyphosate – EPA has rescheduled the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting to December 13 through 16, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia to “… consider and review a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the [EPA] regarding [its] evaluation of[…]Read More »